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Lorena Garcia's New Latin Classics: Fresh Ideas for Favorite Dishes Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345525434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345525437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance praise for Lorena Garcia’s New Latin Classics
 
“I think lorena garcia is one of the most exciting latin chefs in america today. She has a beautiful style with her food and has managed to capture unbelievable authentic flavors in her approachable easy to follow recipes.  Lorena's food is delicious, fresh and vibrant. I want to eat and cook everything in this book.”
--Curtis Stone 

“I love the way Lorena utilizes her local knowledge of Latin ingredients and fuses it with her passion for cuisine from all over the world.”—Bobby Flay
 
“I think Lorena Garcia is one of the most exciting Latin chefs in America today. She has a beautiful style with her food and has managed to capture unbelievably authentic flavors in her approachable easy-to-follow recipes. Lorena’s food is delicious, fresh, and vibrant. I want to eat and cook everything in this book.”—Curtis Stone

“I have always been a fan of Lorena Garcia as a chef and as a person. She seamlessly creates natural and delicious food that is passionate, clean, and intelligent. Her Latin recipes are unforced and inspiring. Everyone should take this beautiful ride of flavors and cuisine!”—Chef Michelle Bernstein
 
“While we’ve grown up on Southern food, Lorena’s fresh and flavorful recipes are perfect for spicing things up in the kitchen with some true Latin flair.”—The Deen Bros.
 
“Filled with vibrant flavors, colors, and inspiration, Lorena’s passion for Latin cooking is infused throughout this book.”—Candice Kumai, food TV host, author of Pretty Delicious
 
“Lorena takes the best of traditional Latin cuisine and new fusion dishes and brings them within reach of those of us who love to eat amazing food. Her cooking is perfect for a meal with good friends—simple, happy, and reminiscent of hanging out in Grandma’s kitchen.”—Soledad O’Brien, CNN anchor/special correspondent

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It is not bad but it just didn't fit the bill.
Don B. Whipkey
I cook a lot, from many different cookbooks and sources, and I can confidently say that this was one of the best dishes I have ever made in my life.
Jamie Perkins
Garcia declares that her cooking style is "modern Latin with a global twist."
George Erdosh

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Erdosh on October 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Garcia declares that her cooking style is "modern Latin with a global twist." Her recipes reflect this style exactly, and thankfully she chooses ingredients with the home cook in mind--you don't need to find a Latin grocery to chase hard-to-find items. Whenever an ingredient is foreign to most cooks, she provides alternatives. She alters recipes from authentic to more acceptable ones (olive oil or butter instead of lard). She includes ingredients to reflect the global twist (coconut milk, balsamic glaze, hoisin sauce, panko bread crumbs).||The recipes are very good from a wide range of Latin cuisines from all of Latin America. They are well written, easy to follow, many illustrated but not overwhelmingly so to make this qualify as a coffee table book. These are not exactly easy recipes but most home cooks should have no problem following them. A chapter called 30 Minutos offers cooks cooking on the fly. The list of recipes that head each chapter is nice. Additional useful information, called Sabes Qué?, under most recipes is also a good addition as well as the many kitchen/cooking suggestions in the sidebars. The design of the book is good, so is the excellent, cross-referenced index.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook has more than 100 recipes with a mainly Latin flavor, but in fact is much more `worldly' than one would usually find in Latin cookbooks. Lorena Garcia gives a detailed list and explanations of supplies to have on hand. She says that you will use these many times, and not have them sitting forever half used; but there are several that I only found used in one recipe. These ingredients are not so exotic that you would have to go to specialty markets. You would be able to find them in nearly any large grocery store.

Most recipes have colour pictures with easily followed directions. Some are labor intensive, but still not that hard. Many of the dishes in these pages would be presentable for company as well as family dinners. We have enjoyed the green goddess Cobb salad, Pollo con passion - a wonderful chicken dish. Not as big of a success was her version of crab cake, mainly because it called for only ½ pound of crab to make 8 crab cakes, which left little crab to the taste.
Included foods are; 30 minutos:dishes on the fly, home-style favorites, restaurant best sellers at home, move the kitchen table outside, dishes to celebrate and sweets and a basics section with salsitas, rice, beans, stocks, etc.
Recipes are also listed by category, such as soups, snacks, pasta. There is also an index.

This is a nice little cookbook for those who would like to add a bit of Latin flavor to their collection and their cooking preparations.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Perkins on October 30, 2011
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I just received my copy of this cookbook in the mail a couple of days ago. So far I've only tried one recipe, the Stir-Fried Pork with Eggplant Picante. I cook a lot, from many different cookbooks and sources, and I can confidently say that this was one of the best dishes I have ever made in my life.

Not sure of all of the recipes will hold a candle to the one I made tonight, but I'm confident that this book is a great addition to my collection.
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The recipe's are fairly nice. Some classics have a new spin to it. It also has some Venezuelan and Colombian recipes. I thought it would have more classic Spanish recipes. Over all it is a good addition to any kitchen cookbook library.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeniseJ Holder on November 17, 2013
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I rate this ★★★★ because it didn't contain the recipes I saw on tv. It's a great cookbook but I'm not really intrigued by the recipes. I guess I'll have to try them out & see first hand. Sorry Lorena. This will not deter me from trying some of her other cookbooks.
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